Sunday 22 October 2017

Leo Varadkar: General Election 2016 results may lead to 'political instability'

Health Minister Leo Varadkar
Health Minister Leo Varadkar

Paul Healy

HEALTH Minister Leo Varadkar has said that the next election results “may well lead to political instability.”

Mr Varadkar was speaking in the context of the next general election results -  which could see the rise of Independents and Sinn Fein.

He was particularity critical of Sinn Fein, where he stated that its members “swear blind allegiance, and have made worship of the party line in their religion.”

“There would be no independent thinking in a Sinn Fein led government, and not even Groupthink” Mr Varadkar said.

Leo Varadkar
Leo Varadkar

“There would just be 'one thought, one rule'. And that would be the rule of fear. There is no party whip, just chains”.

The Minister made the comments at a lunch to the Institute of Directors in Dublin’s Intercontinental Hotel, where he was the guest speaker today.

Mr Varadkar also strongly criticised Sinn Fein’s ability to govern and work with foreign nations, saying that their foreign policy would “alienate allies.”

“I shudder to think about a Sinn Fein foreign policy that would alienate allies, terrify foreign investors, and close off the very markets we have done so much to open”, the Minister said.

“Their rigid ideology is all well and good on the back benches , where it can be dismissed, answered or ignored, but not on the world stage”, he added.

The Health minister addressed members of the Institute of Directors on the topic of political stability at the IoD Spring Lunch 2015.

He asked those present to consider the possibility of a government involving Sinn Fein and a mix of “right and left wing independents” and “even some dissident Fianna Failers.”

“We all know that they will never secure an overall majority or anything near it,” the minister said.

“Instead of producing a programme for government which would provide stability for five years, we would get a programme of self-interest, with policies being traded for votes, and national interest sacrificed for local and selfish concerns.

He stated that Sinn Fein had “a flawed vision”, while Fianna Fail had “no vision”, and that independents were “just seeing visions of ministerial office for themselves, and easy solutions for the country.”

The Minister told some 200 people present about the possibility of a Sinn Fein led government which would have “a strict policy of loyalty to the leader” which is “enforced no matter how great the scandal, or how big the crime.”

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